Hello new member Ontario-Girl from a fellow Ontarian. Welcome!
I've had UC since 2000, and just now having my 3rd flare. Seems to happen every four years?! As Christine1946 suggested to me, try a low residue diet, check on internet for suggestions on it. But I found it definitely helped me. Yes, it is very boring, boring bland food, but it seems to agree for the most part. Sounds like the spicy foods might be doing that to you as well, (I still love them as but have to stay away otherwise bad bathroom action for a day or two). I still make very boring chicken soups, boneless, skinless chicken, I try to get protein. I am still trying out various items to eat. But for me, it was trial and error for the longest while. Also, yes, I know, sounds also boring, but try slowing down on sugar, I found that it helped me as well. also the drinking part might do that as well, I used to love my 2 or 3 beer on weekends but haven't had any yet.
Yes, it is very scary to see what comes out, I get like that too, it is still happening too but not as much these days. And yes, we all have a life to live, but we have to find the balance to get our bodies to keep working. With Asacol, I found that keeping a schedule to take it played a very big part in slowing this UC. Before, I kept missing the time to take it and would vary. (ie., supposed to be 2 pills at 1 & 7 o'clock but would forget or be sleeping) Now I used alarm clocks at home to remind me. I haven't bought a watch yet to set with 2 alarms.
I couldn't help but notice you're taking Flora-Smart Extra Strength Probiotics, mine is still in the fridge at the moment although I purchased it about three weeks ago, how is working for you, if you don't mind me asking? I see in the fridge but haven't the "guts" to try it yet! (bad joke?, LOL)
44 yrs old, only 3rd experience with flare-up start oct29.08, Ont.Canada.
current: asacol 400 mg - 2 4x/day
last flare in 2004 with c-diff, went into shock, hospitalized 2 wks, rec'd transfusion
prednisone, asacol, metronidazole
in 2000 rec'd antibiotics(sinuses),c-diff,ulcerative colitis